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spring. >>> this morning, president barack obama will meet with a group of bipartisan. they want to urge president barack obama to work on the fiscal cliff. they will meet with house speaker john boehner, governor jerry brown is actually not in the group. >>> white house is rejecting the republican fiscal proposal. and it is a counteroffer to the one president barack obama offered last week. coming up, what the white house says is missing in the republican proposal. >>> time now time to bring tara back. if anybody is headed for the bay bridge, what do you want them to know. >> if we take a live look, this happens in just a matter of minutes and i bet you it is going on right now. so give yourself extra time if you are headed into the city right now. we can show you 580 westbound and then also up in the pittsburgh antioch area, slow going there on highway 4 as you make your way towards concord. last but not least, 280 san jose and traffic is moving along pretty well. 6:07 here is steve. >>> cloudy skies, now last hour, there has been some light rain in mendocino and down to salina, it is
-offer in fiscal cliff negotiations with president obama takes away a white house argument that the republicans have no plan and puts medicare on the table for discussion. the republican counter-offer would raise $800 billion through tax reform and cut $600 billion from federal health programs, including raising medicare eligibility, another $600 billion cut from mandatory and discretionary spending, and factor inflation less in calculating social security benefits. "what we're putting forth is a credible plan that deserves serious consideration by the white house." in a three-page letter to the president calling democratic gains in the senate and mr. obama's victory a "status quo election," the republican proposal would raise half the amount as the president's plan and save $350 billion from medicare and medicaid. however, at the chicago fed, a gathering of 39 individuals from banking and manufacturing industries - including automakers and other sectors - say the economy is strong enough - barely - to withstand either party's direction. "the vast majority think the fiscal cliff's impact will n
's hostage taking. >> pelosi and other democrat respect pushing for president obama's plan. it would extend the bush tax cut for the middle class but raise taxes on incomes over $250,000 a year. republican senator jim demint calls the idea quote, outlandish. >> republicans should not be conceding that the federal government needs more money negotiating with ourselves and teating the president's proposal like it's serious. >> republican house speaker john boehner has come out against any tax hike and has refused to bring the democratic plan for a vote. >>> the dow fell almost 14 points. nasdaq lost 5 1/2. the s & p fell 2 1/2 points. >>> yahoo is buying another silicon startup. sunnyvale's yahoo acquired on the air today. the service enables users to hold online video chats in a talk show foremated. >>> a monstrous typhoon has killed 74 people in the philippines and the deattoll is expected to rise. 23 of the people drowned in flooding caused by the typhoon. the storm made landfall yesterday and some 60,000 people have fled to emergency shelters. the crowded shelters in this new video. the t
the country. >>> president obama sent two top economic advisors to capitol hill today. the white house and congressional leaders are trying to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that take effect if congress does not take action to stop them. going over the fiscal cliff could trigger a recession, some say. >>> mitt romney was at the white house earlier today for a lunch meeting with president obama. his invitation keeps the promise he made when he declared victory on election night to talk with the gop candidate about areas where they have common interests. the two were to talk over lunch in the white house private dining room. the president's press secretary said the president didn't have any particular agenda, and it was closed to the media. >>> out of service. we were hear when police tested this emergency phone. we'll show you what happened and tell you why this phone is just part of a larger problem. >>> more specifics on when the next storm arrives in your neighborhood and how much rain it will bring. >>> as the dump truck continued forward, it hit nine other vehicles, so
will happen. in today's cover story, president obama opens the white house doors to small business owners. stick around for the inside scoup. plus, will it be in or out for groupon's founder? and, why one trader is buying costco in bulk. first business starts now. you're watching first business: financial news, analysis, and today's investment ideas. good morning. it's thursday, november 29th. i'm angela miles. in today's first look: the president obama / congressman boehner bounce: after struggling through the first half of the session, the dow made a triple-digit turnaround, going from red to green on upbeat budget comments from washington. gold took a hit, while oil slipped a bit. regulators are pushing off the final draft of the volcker rule into next year. the rule limits the ability of banks to trade stocks, options, commodities, and more. aaa predicts gas prices for the year 2012 will be the most expensive ever. the national average is $3.63 per gallon, topping $3.51 in 2011. the current price is $3.41, down a penny in the past week. mark sebastian of option pit mentoring and c
have been reported at san jose airport since 2009. >>> president obama is expected to announce his nominees for secretaries of state and defense. that is according to our white house sources. reportedly former republican senator chuck hague l is on the short list of possible choices for secretary of defense. replacing leon panetta who is stepping down. another top contender senator john kerry. he is also looking at john kerry for a possible secretary of state. or he may go with susan rice the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. president obama meets with two very different groups. both have concerns about the fiscal cliff conference. and remember he meets with them top ceo's. coming up the one issue where president obama is refusing to budge in those fiscal cliff negotiations. >>> right now 5:07. we want to check back in with tara who is in for sal. definitely wet roads out there. >> reporter: we do have an accident to report. this is a big rig verses a small pickup truck and an ambulance is on the way. we understand there are injuries involved. here it is right here. 880 northb
will be impacted. but citi says the changes will help save money this year and more in 2013. >>> president obama is expected to announce his nominees for secretary of defense and secretary of state. that's according to white house sources. reportedly, former republican senator, chuck hagel is on the short list for secretary of defense to replace leon panetta who is stepping down. another top contender, john kerry. but the president is also considering to replace hillary clinton with john considerry. susan rice for the united nations, she is still facing opposition because of statements she made about the libyan attack. >>> president obama is meeting with two different groups today. both have concerns about the fiscal cliff crisis. he will lead with the ceos of business leaders and then later, he will meet with native- american tribal leaders. the one issue where he's refusing to budge in fiscal cliff issues. >>> the voters passed prop 30, which raises taxes on people who earn more than $250,000 a year. it also increases the sales tax. well, the ucla and der son forecast says because of prop 30 -
from the country and he signed that back in march with the president obama. he says he will not sign any more agreements with the u.s. until those prisoners are transferred. >>> well, the fiscal cliff is looming unless congress takes action to avoid it. coming up at 7:15, the number of california defense department jobs that could be lost if automatic trick -- automatic tax cuts are formed. >>> bill clinton says he's not sure if hillary clinton will run for president. she said she does not want to continue a secretary of state for president obama's second term. she said she wants to focus on issues to -- that are important to women. >>> let's see what tara is seeing on 880. >> we have a lot of traffic on pinole and then past the golden gate gate. we're in berkeley/emeryville. we have a traffic issue in here. 280, northbound towards santa clara, looking pretty bad. give yourself extra time. let's check in with steve. >>> tara, thank you. there's definitely some breaks in the clouds. jive seen gusts to 25 miles per hour. i dent think this -- i've seen gusts to 25 miles per hour. i don'
obama said tax rates must rise on the wealthiest americans as part of any deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. this morning r the president met with a bipartisan group of governors at the white house. jerry brown was not among them. the group did not endorse any specific proposal on avoiding the sharp tax and spending cuts that could take effect in january. president obama says it's possible that the tax rates could later be lowered as part of a comprehensive tax overhaul. >>> police responding to an early-morning burglary in san jose are surprised at what they found. we'll have exclusive video of the discovery. >>> rosemary's back in about nine minutes to tell you more about the new storm rolling in and when rain will increase in your neighborhood. >>> it's a first of its kind set up in the bay area. ahead with a new solar facility dedicated an hour ago is getting a lot of attention. on your prepaid card? introducing chase liquid. the reloadable card with no fee reloads and withdrawals at chase atms. all for one flat monthly fee so there's zero confusion. get rid of prepaid problems. get cha
. >>> time now 4:42. president obama continues to focus on the looming fiscal cliff. first the president will speak to and answer questions from members of the business round table an association of chief executive officers of leading u.s. companies. later in the day president obama will address a conference of native american tribal leaders. both groom groups say they are concerned about automatic tax increases and spending cuts that will kick in come january 1st if congress doesn't act. both republicans and democrats say -- with the wars in iraq and afghanistan ending, there is support for cutting back on military spending. but many lawmakers want to avoid the automatic across the board cuts and defense budget that will kick in january 1st if congress doesn't act. they would prefer to make strategic cuts. >>> nudist are planning a city against san francisco. against-- planning a protest against city hall. they had to cover half a dozen nudist. the board voted 6-5 for final approval of a ban on public nudity. >> there is no evidence anywhere in science or any kind of research any legiti
. >>> and house speaker john boehner discussed fiscal strategies with president barack obama in a phone call. this comes as another republican is ready to break ranges. he said he could support president barack obama's demand for an increase in tax rates as part of a comprehend sufficient plan -- comprehensive plan to cut the federal deficit. some are looking for ways to save faces a they give in. >>> and maintenance costs, used by state lawmakers, at least a douse member of the legislature had repairs on those vehicles and repairs were made before lawmakers used them for their personal use. in any case the costs were thousands of dollars. >> only state in the country finally ended this program and they saw some abuse and they saw voters did not like the program and that it was a perk they could give up. >> starting this year, lawmakers are not issued any cars anymore instead they are. >> paid a moulin rate -- mileage rate for using their own vehicles. >>> now here is a look at items where they recently confiscated them from the burglary ring. investigators have arrested two brothers and a w
and why she may be at risk. >>> plus what president barack obama wants to talk with mitt romney about at lunch today. . >>> well, good morning to you welcome to ktvu channel 2 morning news, it is 5:30, november 29th everybody wants to know when the rain is coming back. >> do we need an umbrella? >> not unless you are in the north bay. it is cloudy and there is some rain in mendocino but that's just light stuff in advance of the heavier rain which is coming tonight and today's highs are 60s to near 70s in the south. >>> here is a look at highway 24 and taillights are headed westbound as you make your way towards caldecott tunnel in orrin do. this is >> -- orinda. this is east shore freeway headed towards the mcarthur maze, but there are no major headaches to talk about. let's head back to the desk. >>> police are searching for a man who reportedly broke into the apartment of a young woman just hours ago. according to palo alto police, about 2:30 a.m. a woman in her 20s woke up and saw a man in her apartment. police say that man ran away and the woman was not hurt. police searched the a
one. > > you too. president obama heads to philadelphia today to visit a toy manufacturing plant. it's where he will also talk about his plan to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. comments yesterday from house speaker john bohener hinted lawmakers are back to square one on settling the cliff chatter. "no subsantive progress has been made in the talks between the white house and and the house over the last two weeks." the stock market briefly sold off on boehner's comments, but then bounced back. optimism had been growing after president obama and representative boehner made remarks wednesday that a deal could be worked out. now speaker boehner insists there are still many roadblocks in the way. last night, boehner offered no details but rejected the democrats' $4-trillion plan presented by treasury secretary timothy geithner. investors have a more optimistic view on the global economy. a new survey by bloomberg shows 2/3 of investors surveyed described the worldwide economy has either stable or improving. overall, they considered the global economy to be in the best shape in 18 month
a counteroffer to the one president barack obama proposed. coming up, what the white house says is missing in the republican proposal. >>> also this morning, they will meet with the bipartisan group and reportedly they met with congress to work on a solution to the fiscal cliff. in the afternoon they will meet with house speaker john boehner and governor jerry brown is not in that group. >>> tara is back, you know all about our commute, what is happening in pacifica. >>> well, to the northport tall bridge, they are able to stabilize that weak spot. right now we will take a live look headlights are flowing nicely as you make your way towards the mcarthur maze. up next, we have 880 up near the oakland coliseum, same story staff is flowing very nicely. it is dark up there but take my word for it, traffic is flowing nicely, 5:07 let's check with steve. >>> ukiah announced they can't hold a candle to what was there. heavier amounts will not be to the north. any rain on already saturated soil will need to be watched. one to two will cover it, i think this system will weaken considerably. it does
to watch. this rain sitting there that long. >>> first lady michelle obama unveiled the white house christmas decorations today and she said this year's theme is joy for all. >> the joy of giving and service to others. the joy of sharing our blessings with one another and the joy of welcoming our friends and families into our homes over the next several weeks. >> the guests were military families and their children. this year the white house has 54 christmas trees. the largest tree features decorations made by children who's parents are stationed over seas. >> if we're luck enough to be able to to start managing soon. >> san francisco is already planning. what the city is doing to be ready for a flood of same sex marriages. so when you call, tweet, and post, we listen. that's why yoplait light and yoplait original are now made with no high fructose corn syrup. and why we use only natural colors and natural flavors in yoplait original. so, anything else we can do for you, let us know. to >>> the tug of war over same sex marriage in california may be resolved in the next few days. the
for top earners. president obama also told a group of ceos, he won't republicans inject the threat of a government default into the current negotiations. >> that is a bad strategy for america. it is a bad strategy for your businesses, and it is not a game that i will play. >> in spite of the rhetoric, president obama and house speaker john boehner did speak by phone today for the first time in days. neither side is revealing what they discussed. >>> on wall street, stocks ended mixed with a fiscal cliff. the dow industrials gained 82 points amid optimism about a deal in washington perhaps in the next week. the tech heavy nasdaq fell 22 led lower by apple. its shares were 6% lower. apple's largest loss in a year. apple shares lost $37 to close at 538 and change. still apple stock is up more than $100 since the start of the year. >>> meantime, citigroup announced plans to cut 11,000 jobs, or 4% of its workforce. the company says the cuts will save more than $1 billion a year. the bulk of the jobs are in global operations. it is unclear how many jobs will be lost here in the united st
obama will use it and they requested the meeting with the president. they want to urge with them on the solutions for the fiscal cliff. they will meet with white house speaker john boehner. in the meantime the white house is rejecting the latest proposal. house republicans send it to the white house yesterday their republicans plan does not increase tax rates which the white house insists must be included in any deal. >>> they are trying to make california public schools green. they will update the efficiency of public schools in california. it's being introduced by an assembly woman. the recent funding would come from proposition 39 and it comes from a fund. >>> police say 44-year-old john roady robbed the class sunday night. he took computers and other electronics. police recovered some of those during his arrest. he was on probation for burglary and now he faces new charges. >>> we have a car versus a dear at the paradise east bound. it is backed up and running, here is a look at the east shore freeway and mcarthur maze no dislace, traffic is flowing -- no delays, traffic is f
. they are celebrating and why the obama administration continues to move. >>> and they are talking about newly elected president mohamed morsi. it gives him new sweeping powers and is not in the spirit of the rev -- spirit of the revolution that pushed out former president hosni mubarak. he will respond to criticism. >>> and we are back on storm watch this morning and a second group of storms will hit the bay this afternoon. steve paulson is warning the rain could cause flooding of rivers and creaks. they all have their workers and heavy machinery out stationed at napa creek. >> we will have staff stationed here to make sure any tee prix is cleared and water will continue to flow into the culvert. >> that culvert is part of the project and the flooding stage is 9 feet. >>> rain and strong winds caused a big tree to topple down on to some power lines. >> it was a flash boom when the power went out. >> that was the scene yesterday morning. look at that, traffic was blocked for hours. it took them four hours to fit there so that the tree could be removed. and the next round of heavy rain will hit us and
on the wealthy. >>> with the election behind them, president obama and mitt romney had lunch together tonight at the white house. cameras got a glimpse at mitt romney. the lunch was private. it lasted over an hour and the white house said the president did not have an agenda here. the president prompted to meet with mitt romney to discuss how they could work together. and the menu, the white house said white turkey chilly and southwestern grilled chicken salad. >>> fewer americans filed unemployment claims last week. 393,000 people filed for jobless claims. it was the second straight decline. the u.s. labor market has been showing signs of improvement after more hiring and fewer job cuts. >>> on wall street today, the dow is up 36 to 13,021. the nasdaq is up 20 at 3,012. the s&p is up 6 at 1,415. >>> we have just learned that one of last night's powerball winners is expected to come forward tomorrow. the jackpot was $588 million. that is the highest ever for powerball. officials say one ticket was sold in arizona, another in missouri. the winners could each take $192 million before taxes. >>>
obama warned the syrian rezeme the use of weapons -- today the president pledged continued u.s. support for the rebels. and he warns the president the world is watching. >> if you make the mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> secretary of state hillary clinton called the u.s. of chemical weapons a red line for the u.s. no one said what action the u.s. would take. >> republicans offered their counterproposal to avoid the fiscal cliff. they valued the plan at $2.2 trillion with 800 billion from tax reform and the rest in cuts to government problems. last week president obama offered a plan that relied on tax increases that would total $1.6 trillion. the republican plan does not include something the president said is essential, income tax hikes on those making more than $250,000. >>> stocks edged lower on fears the threat from the fiscal cliff might put a damper on the economy. the dow is down 59 to 12,965. the nasdaq is down 8 at 3,002. the s&p is down 6 at 1,409. coming up at 5:45 p.m., car sales reach a level they haven't seen i
are still be held. he informed president barack obama he would not sign any new security agreements with the u.s. until those prisoners are transferred to afghanistan authorities. >>> they are looking into steep budget cuts. coming up at 5:15, the number of defense department jobs that could be lost right here in california if those automatic trigger cuts take affect. >>> he really does not know if his wife is going to run for president in 2016. he is in the bay area and it is part of the colleges celebrity speaker series. answering a question from the audience, hillary rodham clinton is in great shape and has unbelievable stamina but needs to rest up before deciding what she wants to do next. she said she does not want to continue as hillary rodham clinton for president barack obama's second term. >>> and in connection with the robberies at the toll booths, they broke the stories in february and at least two toll takers have been robbed on the bridge. they have been on the loose for months and chp said they would announce more information today. >>> 505, lafayette officials say it
next. she will not be secretary of state for president barack obama's second term. >>> it happened at the bridge toll booth. they broke the stories and at least two toll takers have been on the loose for months now. they would announce more information today. residents in san mateo counties are being asked to cut back on water. it stirred upset men at -- up set -- sediment and until they fix it, they will be importing water from further away. >>> they are making $1 million available to fix a huge sinkhole. it happened during a major storm. a clogged up storm drain added to the problems. it will allow the water to drain out of that sinkhole to get a more permanent fix. >>> stay right here with us, you can get up to the minute information by downloading the app to your mobile device. of course we will have updates for you on twitter and facebook. >>> yes we do. 6:09 is the time back for tara, here is more. >>> at the north whipple road exit, we have a car in a ditch and a two car crash. they are trying to clear quite a bit of debris in the roadway. police are looking at a crash where
in congress. 27% believe the finger would be pointing at president obama. now, the president vowed during his re-election campaign that we would not reach that point but we're -- but we're certainly getting closer. we just learned the president is rejecting the latest counteroffer from republicans. democrats believe they can force republicans to vote on tax increases. house minority leader, nancy pelosi, could be filing the necessary paperwork in a couple of hours. reporting live from washington, d.c., alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 7:15. right now, president obama is meeting with a bipartisan group of governors at the white house. reportedly, the governor has requested the meeting with the president. they want to urge president obama to work with congress on a solution to the fiscal cliff. in the afternoon, the same group of governors will meet with john boehner. california governor jerry brown is not among the group. >>> 7:15. the owner of the drake's bay oyster company is plotting a legal response to the federal decision to shut down his operation. he said he will not give up. the
are almost nowhere. >> chris: president obama accusing republicans of being willing to raise taxes on 98% of americans, while speaker boehner says it is the president who is unwilling to compromise. and it is time for our sunday group, bill kristol of the weekly standard. mara liasson of national public radio, republican strategist ed rollins and former democratic senator evan byah. you heard for the last half-hour, tim geithner and john boehner, each say they are being reasonable and it is the other side's fault. bill you have been through your share of washington negotiations. what strikes you about what you heard today? >> geithner is in a stronger position, in the respect. the president is net and high can maneuver and say, $1.6 trillion and, they say, $1.1 trillion and speaker beginner has 235 members, and they don't hop to it when he decides to move, he's in a much tougher position structurally and we have seen the history of the show downs, the white house usually wins, and, the main reason why is, he is a unitary executive and, the majority party in congress is in a weaker positi
to talk to him about the crime. >>> president obama today made a pitch for his plan to avoid the fiscal cliff which includes raising tax rats on higher-earning americans. >> we're not insisting on raises just out of spite or out of any kind of partisan bickering but rather because we -- we need to raise a certain amount of revenue. >> the president met with a group of ceos at the business round table and told them that he is hopeful that a deal can be reached in the following week that would head off the automatic tax hike and spending cuts from taking place in january. he said he has seen movement among republicans and that they might accept the tax hike if it is combined with entitlement reform and spending cuts. >>> te republican house majority leader told business leaders today president obama sms obsessed with raising tax. >>> we feel that's not the right direction to go, but we also feel that in that obsession is what he's about then let's at least do something about the spending problem. >> at the same meeth house speaker john baner said republicans have made a reasonable offer t
on monday night. >> today house speaker john boehner rejected president obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff. boehner said no progress was made. boehner accused democrats of not being serious of real spending cuts. but democrats say republicans are causing the hold up. the proposal consisted of $1.6 trillion in higher taxes, they also wanted 50 billion for infrastructure. the president in return approved spending cuts this year and legislation for saving up to $400 million for programs like medicare over a decade. >>> former rivals president obama and governor romney spoke in private. and what they said remains in private. the white house did release a photo and reported that they had white turkey chili and south western chicken salad. when romney arrived, a man ran up to him and said something. secret service quickly ran up to him. >>> imagine running the equivalent of a marathon a day. patty lee shows us what inspired a 25-year-old san francisco woman to spend the past five months making this cross country journey. >>> it took four months, 3,200 miles and 12 pairs of running shoes to
:30 after an early edition of the news. >>> this morning president obama travels to a toy factory in pennsylvania to make a new appeal for his end of fiscal cliff. he will make the case that congress needs to take action to stop taxes from going up on middle class consumers. republicans say they are not impressed with the president's latest proposal brought to capitol hill yesterday by timothy geithner. the white house proposal consists of $1.6 trillion over a decade. the administration wants $50 billion for infrastructure spending in 2015. the president is offering to support an unspecified amount of spending cuts this year. >>> the $1 bill may be on its way out. congressional auditors want to do away with the dollar bill and replace them with $1 coins. they say the switch could save taxpayers more than $40 billion over the next 30 years. they are also looking at changing the metal composition of is quarters, dimes, and nickels. >>> oakland is moving forward to put more officers on the streets. two city council members are pushing to hire 20 civilians to work as technicians. they
as between 1 map and one woman. president obama took his fiscal cliff warning on the road today, telling peps vein workers that a tax hike could spoil the hole days. >> that is sort like the lump of coal you get for christmas, that is a scrooge christmas. >> the spoke at a toy factory and usualed them to contact their congress members and get them to support the white house plan which will do that. house republicans argue his plan would cripple the economy. >>> the storm may be to blame for a couple of big rig truck crashes this morning. one happened around 2:00 a.m. on westbound 580 at 680. it hit a puddle jackknifed and crashed there. fuel spilled, which kept the lanes closed for four hours. the driver was not hurt. >>> another big rig crash on 580 there livermore at the north flynn road off-ramp. the driver told ktvu he began slipping and sliding and crashed. 1 trailer filled with gravel flipped over blocking lanes, no one was hurt and that crash has been cleared. >>> for more on what traffic is like let's go to tara moriarty in the traffic center, still slow spots. >> that's right a traf
. president obama went into campaign mode touring a toy factory. he repeated his call for an extension of bush era tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000. while raises taxes for those who make more. the president acknowledged an agreement will take some time. >>> and all of us are going to have to get out of our comfort zones to make that happen. i'm willing to do that, and i'm hopeful that enough members of congress in both parties are willing to do that as well. >>> republicans meanwhile criticized president obama's latest proposal that came yesterday to raise revenue. they said it wasn't serious. >> there's a stalemate, let's not kid ourselves. i'm not trying to make this more difficult. >> house speaker john boehner said this isn't the time for public posturing for either side. and he added that what he wants to see right now is serious negotiations and added he's willing to do just that. hundreds of billions of the dollars of cut. >> cole: take effect as of january 1. >>> stocks ended flat at negotiations on that fiscal cliff tended to stall. >>> a rare crime for one south bay cit
president obama. but house speaker john boehner says it's not a series plan. >> i was flabbergasted. i looked at him and said you can't be serious. i just never seen anything like it. >> if they are going to force higher rates on virtually all americans because they are not allowing tax rates to go up rob 2% of americans that is something we will have to face. >>> attorneys for oscar grant's family -- grant was shot and killed by police officer johannes mehserle on new years day back in 2009 in two oakland civil rights attorneys will argue before the ninth circuit court of appeals in san francisco that bart police officers should not receive legal immunity. last year a federal judge ruled to let the suit go forward but the officers appealed that ruling to the ninth circuit court. >>> this is day seven of a strike by clerical workers. contract talks between the workers and shippers at the ports of los angeles and long beach have resumed. the walk out by the clerk has dramatically slowed activity at the ports. dock workers are refusing to cross the picket lines. >>> oak 4:36 now. much qu
the cost of living hikes in social security benefits. this is in response to president obama's suggestion. john boehner says this is a cellible one and hopes the administration will respond in a timely way. >>> a new trader joe's grocery store is located on california and it's now open. trader joe's now has five stores in san francisco. >>> thank you for trusting ktvu channel 2 news. we'll see you the next time news breaks. be sure to join us at 5:00 with more on the storm cleanup.
a counteroffer to president obama in the opening round of negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff. the gop says its proposal would save $800 billion through tax reform. $900billion in mandatory spending cuts, and $300 billion in discretionary cuts. it does not increase tax rates on upper income americans which the white house insists must be included in any deal. >>> on wall street stocks lost ground. nasdaq dropped 8 points. analysts point to a decline in manufacturing, and ongoing worries over the fiscal cliff. >>> what some hoped would be a historic announcement on life on mars didn't amount today. project scientists said soil tests performed by the curiosity rover only showed organic compounds. no proof yet that life existed, or could exist on the red planet. the scientists created big expectations by saying it would be one for the history books. today they said they were only referring to the richness of the data coming from the rover. ♪ [ music ] of course. >>> live storm tracker 2 picking up showers north of us. these showers are going to work their way south. the computer model shows
week. avoiding the fiscal cliff is coming down to taxes. president obama told bloomberg tv yesterday he is willing to be flexible, but there will be no deal unless republicans agree to raise income tax rates on the top 2% of wage earners in america. this week the gop offered a proposal that continues tax breaks for everyone while making cuts to medicare and social security. the president and democrats say the lack of a tax hike on the wealthy is leaving budget talks at an impasse. "60% of americans support asking millionaires to pay slightly more. many republicans feel the same way. the only ones who feel differently are the ones who work in this building. we can't let these negotiations be dictated by the tea party." "we've wasted an enormous amount of time here sparring back and forth in public, and it strikes me it's a good time to get serious about the proposals. traders are keying off market moves for clues about the economy. scott bauer of trading advantage joins us now. scott, what is the gold market telling traders about the prosepects of the economy going over the fiscal cliff
. if convicted, he faces life in prison. president obama will travel to detroit on monday for a fight for the fiscal cliff deal that include as tax increase for the rich. he met with business leaders in washington d.c. and he is aware that some republicans may be willing to raise tax revenues. but he warped the gop not to pick another fight on the debt sealing. he was can dade -- death ceiling and he was can -- he was candid. >> this is the top 2%. includes all of you, yes. >> i believe there is a purpose to put revenues on the table. >> house speaker boehner countered the president's proposal without raising individual tax rates. the republican plan also includes 600 billion in spending cuts to federal healthcare programs and increase in the eligibility age for medicare. >>> a san francisco blogger and activist is in hot water of a photograph after political opponent. michael petrellis took this of scott weaner last year in a pact room. >> he tried to take a picture of him at an urinal. and today, he pleaded not guilty to misconduct. he wants it to be made as part of the from. >> we
player's case before trial. president obama is hoping to gain yardage on budget talks, minus drama. yesterday, the president met with business leaders at a roundtable event, and had this to say to the ceo's: "i recognize that all of you have an investment in your own company,ut notnly your own bottom lines, but in the well-being of america." at the same time, gop majority leaders including eric cantor met with small business owners. cantor blamed the president for being obsessed wtih raising taxes. the president says he won't budge on higher taxes for the top 2%. the stock market rallied yesterday after bloomberg news reported 40 republicans have joined a bipartisan call to break the budget impasse. california shipping ports in l.a. and long beach are back in action. an eight-day strike started by clerical workers over the outsourcing of jobs has ended. an additional 10,000 port workers refused to cross the picket lines, which crippled cargo deliveries. the clerical union is expected to vote on whether to ratify the agreement in about 2 weeks. while shippers and workers have worke
. >> driving at high speedsfá on icy road. >> guys, you are about to meet the president. ♪ >> mr. obama? >> no, this is the president. it's one of the world's largest trees in thefá sequoia national forest in california. look at the tree compared to this human who isfá climbing it. >> i would have friends that would go there and you would get mandatory picture of someone standing in front of it. you could never see the top of the tree. >> listen to this. 27 feet in diameter. 247 feet tall. 3,200 years old. 2 billion leaves. >> that's beautiful to shoot this in the snowfall. >> it's just remarkable, right? this entire video was put together for national geographic for the december issue. they're going to put together an entire photo spread but beyond that, the digital issue of the magazine will have even more video of this incredible tree. one of the largest trees in the world if not the largest. >> the reason we want to do these portraits, people get it. they see this tree in totality, they gasp. >> this, i think more than just about anything, might make you feel like a tiny little speck on
president obama to intervene. a ten-day lockout at west coast ports back in 2002 cost the nations economy about $1 billion a day. union say their jobs are being outsourced to other countries. some cargo ships will divert to other ports including oakland. >>> same sex couples in california are eagerly awaiting news from the united states supreme court that could come as early as today. ktvu alison burns is in our washington, d.c. newsroom with what the justices will be deciding. >> reporter: the justices will meet behind closed doors to decide whether they will take up several challenges to gay marriage laws. including california ease ban on same sex marriage proposition 8. supporters are hoping the court will let a lower court decision stand that ruled prop 8 unconstitutional. san francisco city attorney tells us if that happens couples could marry almost immediately. >> atake a great deal of pride on behalf of -- i take a great deal of pride on behalf of this office. we look forward to a court ruling that would make whatever happens that would expedite the process of instituting marriage
and seniors are paying $22 for the new fare. >>> 7:19. last night, president obama honored some iconic performers at the white house. he joked they have no business being on the same stage together. the president congratulated the seven honorable people for their lifetime contributions to american culture through the performing arts. -- was at the honorees' dinner. there's david hoffman, dustin hoffman and the surviving members of led zeppelin. and there were ballerinas. >>> 7:19. don't put your umbrellas away just yet. steve paulson says more rain is heading our way. he will tell us when to expect and rain. >>> and the tunnel collapse on a major highway in japan. what investigators say probably caused it. here you go little man. [ humming ] [ babbng ] the cheerios bandit got you again? [ both laugh ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios ...and now... you! [ giggles ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> in japan, at least nine feel are dead, seven others still missing after a portion of a three-mile tunnel collapsed on a major highway. it happened yesterday about 50- mile west of tokyo. inves
. >>> president obama pushed lawmakers to prevent the so- called fall off the fiscal cliff. >> every family will see their income taxes automatically go up. a typical middle-class family of four will see taxes rise by $2200. >> the president taped his address yesterday during a visit to a toy factory in hatfield, pennsylvania. he said allowing taxes to rise for the middle-class would amount to a lump of coal for americans at christmas time. >>> mexican president-elect enrique pena nieto took office today talking about the challenges that face his nation. >> we are a nation that is going at two different speeds one that is progress and development, but there is another mexico, that lives in the abandonment and poverty. >> president nieto says the inauguration marked the return of the institutional revolutionary party after 12 years out of presidential mansion. at least four demonstrators and four police officers were injured. 65 people were arrested. those opposed to mr. nieto says he used handout and giveaways to sway voters. . >>> authorities say a linebacker for the kansas city chiefs
of russia. >>> the stars were out for kennedy honors. president barack obama congratulated the people. among the hopbrys, david letterman, -- the honorees david letterman. >> on a personal note i will never forget, buddy, playing "skeet home chicago" in this -- "sweet home chicago" in this room and a few others forcing me to sing along can which was just okay. he joked with the led zeppelin members saying he appreciated them not trashing the rooms at the white house. >>> our storm watch coverage continues. the effects felt throughout the south bay. >> one bay area driver, he earns a tough lesson. what he was trying to avoid when he drove right into this mess. >> a reminder to get ktvu news to go on your smart phone. catch all of our newscasts live. be connected any time, anywhere [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- ♪ you can stay in and like something... ♪ [ car alarm deactivates ] ♪ ...or you can get out there with your family and actually like something. ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is on, offering some of our best values of the year. this is the pursuit o
of california. >>> president obama employed a little, in the results of the fiscal cliff. the president surrounded himself with people who he said were middle class americans. if congress does nothing, a series of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes will take in effect in january. the president want to raise income taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year. republicans don't want to do it and reduce spending cuts. >>> president urges americans to use social media, especially twitter. they introduced the hash tag, my 2k, including my $2 k. how much more each middle class family would pay without congressional action. >> my 2k and e-mail, post office, member of the congress, do what it takes to communicate a sense of urgency. >> republicans are embracing the my 2k hash tag. they are using it to make points against the president's plan. >>> the police standoff is enteringit fifth hour after an animal control officer was shot and killed, helping to evict a man from the northern california home this afternoon. it's happening in the city, 20 miles south of sacramento. reporter mel l
. >> palestine leaders brushing off the obama administration which wants them to call off a request for upgraded united nations recognition. allison burns in washington, to tell us why the secretary of state said this could hurt the chance of ever reaching peace with israel. >> reporter: her concern is that the vote would rise tensions with israel president palestine is likely to get their way. they see this upgraded status with the united nations would be a significant step toward independent statehood. this is video from palestine tv of rallies ahead of the united nations vote. after their failed bid last year today they are trying a different approach. they are asking for nonmember swerver status like the vatican. >> for the world to start to rectify a grave historical injustice that the palestine ans have undergone beginning the creation of the state of israel in 1948. >> the un vote comes after a week of a cease fire. the president needs the vote to boost his own authority but the united states said any hope of restarting peace talks between israel and palestine would be set back. reporti
. >>> this morning president obama travels to a toy factory in pennsylvania to make another appeal for avoiding the year end fiscal cliff. he will make the case that congress needs to take action to stop taxes from going up on middle class consumers during the holiday season. republicans say they are not impressed with the president's latest proposal brought to capitol hill yesterday by treasury secretary timny geithner. the white house proposal contists of $1.6 trillion in higher taxes over ten years. the administration wants $50 billion for infrastructure spending in 2015. in return the president is offering to support an unspecified amount of spending cuts this year and legislation for saving up to $400 billion from programs such as medicare over a decade. >>> 5:47. the great hostess bakery selloff can begin. the judge approved to sell all of the hostessing a sets including baking plants, recipes, and trademarks. it also included $2 million in bonuses if they meet certain standards in the way they handle the liquidation. >>> voters in richmond may have rejected a tax on soda but the battle i
today about taxes. he said the obama administration will refuse any deal that keeps tax cuts in place for wealthy americans. republicans are meeting that idea with stiff resistance. >> reporter: with the clock ticking and the fiscal cliff looping closure he says the white house will only agree to a plan that includes higher tax rates. >> if they are going to force higher rates on all americans because they are unwilling for 2% of the americans, that is a choice they have to make. >> reporter: calling for $1.6 trillion in tax revenue. he insists the tax cuts must expire for the wealthiest americans. >> what we did is put forward a very carefully designed mix of tax reforms to put us on a path to fixing the debt. >> reporter: republicans did not welcome the proposal. >> i was disappointed by the president's proposal. i think it is a rerun of his budget patrol. it is $1.6 trillion. >> reporter: and expressing frustration with the lack of progress. >> i would say we are nowhere. >> reporter: he disagrees, pointing out the administration offered $600 billion in cuts to healthcare and other
with president obama and former president clinton, but he wanted nothing to do with our cameras. we're trying to track down those who owe the state and you happen to be no. 203 on list on the ground the state $203,000. >> he is also a former san francisco ethics commissioner once taxed with keeping politicians honest and now he is facing his own ethical tax dilemma. is it fair that folks like you don't pay their fair share (i pay my fair share. i pay all of my taxes as i can. and so that is how all i have to say. >> reporter: the foreman attorney told us in a letter today that he is "working with the franchise tax board to pay his bill. mccoy is just one in a long list of californians on the hook for baxtaxes. we reviewed the top 500 tax deadbeats and found professional, including doctors, lawyers and nurses hollywood celebrities including dionne warwick and topping the list with a $10 million tax bill is founder of san francisco-based cnet, tech pioneer halsey minor. we couldn't find him, but on main street in hayward. is there a reason you are not paying your personal income tax? we confro
. this is after geithner delivered a proposal from president obama. but house speaker john boehner says it is not a serious plan. >> i was flabbergasted. i looked at him and said you can't be serious. i just never seen anything like it. >> if they are going to force higher rates on virtually all americans because they are unwilling to let tax rates go up on 2% of americans, that is a choice we'll have to make. >> if congress doesn't act by the end of the year, tax rates will go up for everybody and across the board spending cuts will take effect. >>> back here at home muni and other agent res are thinking of a controversial plan for fare rates. they are planning on basing fares on how much money passengers earn. some people don't think it's fair that people that are struggling to pay their bills have to pay $64 for a monthly pass while senior citizens who often have more money are only paying $22 for the same fare. >>> 6:07 is the time. tara is in for sal this morning. there is an accident on the peninsula. >> that is right. a car hit the guardrail on the 101 northbound at third street.
night president obama congratulates zone people honored for -- seven people honored for their lifetime culture. among the honorees ballerina natal yeah. david letterman. dust tin hoff man. and the surviving members of led zeppelin. >>> time now 5:14. let's check in with tara. >> we have that big accident in livermore that looks like that scene has been moved over to the shoulder. eastbound traffic should be flowing okay on 580. allie rasmus will have an update on the high speed chp pursuit. now let's head outside. we can take a live look at sf. this is 101. you can see there are no delays on the left hand side there as you make your way toward downtown. and we have a look at highway 4. this is is through the bay point area. the headlights there are folks heading westbound toward concord no delays. and finally 280 in san jose you can see traffic flowing well in both directions. here is steve. >>> thank you, tara. very good morning. things are quiet today. rain returns tomorrow. sergio up in rom picot 13.50. and oakmont 9.25. the next system will spread rain in tomorrow. again the air is
year. >>> president obama appears to be winning support for his plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to help deal with the so called fiscal cliff. ktvu's rita williams reports on the court of public opinion and why it may not be enough. >> reporter: what do you think? will the president in congress send the country plunging over the fiscal cliff. >> i don't think they'll reach it. i don't know what they will do then. >> i am hoping and praying they do. come together. >> i am hoping it will be by the end of the year. >> do you think they will reach an agreement or not? >> i don't. >> reporter: a poll shows more americans think they will not agree. 49 to 40%. and if they don't an automatic spending cuts and tax increases take effect. americans by two to one say they will blame republicans more than the president. but that didn't stop both sides from criticizing the others proposals. >> his proposal was so outlandish, i don't think we should go back to the table until he puts something there that we can work there. >> when you look at the map it doesn't work. >> reporter: an attempt tak
. >>> later today president obama meets with two very different groups about that fiscal cliff crisis. first the president will speak to and answer questions from members of the business round table. this is an association of chief executive officers of top u.s. companies. later in the day the president will address a conference of native american triable leaders. both groups are concerned about automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will kick in on january 1st if congress does not act. >>> coming up at 6:15 the uphill battle facing this man republican house speaker john boehner within his own party. as he tries to negotiate a deal do avoid that fiscal cliff. >>> time now is 6:08. let's check in with tara. what are you keeping an eye on? >> in san francisco we have issues actually with some backup. spinout near hospital suffer on 101 southbound and there are several cars that are in the fast lane and definitely having an impact on traffic. right now let's take a look at our maps. we can show you where we have other accidents brewing here. 280 northbound. and then we have flooding in the
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